Arca (Paperback)

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Arca By Van Jensen, Jesse Lonergan (Illustrator), Patricio Delpeche (Colorist) Cover Image
By Van Jensen, Jesse Lonergan (Illustrator), Patricio Delpeche (Colorist)
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The Arca is spaceship filled with the last remaining survivors of the human race as they head off in search of a habitable planet in this fun, new post apocalyptic graphic novel. The elite run the show and reap the rewards, while the young people toil as servants, hoping to one day become elite themselves. Naturally, all is not as it seems, as the mystery behind this opressive social structure starts to unravel. I blazed through this fun, ground level sci-fi story and loved it. The perspective & the art lend a much more enjoyable indie tone to what would normally come off as a big, dumb Hollywood style space epic. Recommended! 

— From Seth's Picks


The planet is dying, the rich are escaping, and absolutely nothing is what it seems in this thrilling new dystopian graphic novel.

The world burned. But the rich and powerful...they had a plan.
When society fell apart, a select group of billionaires had an escape hatch: a rocket aimed at the nearest habitable planet, a ship equipped with many of the luxuries of life on Earth—why survive if you can’t survive in style? Their every need is tended to by teenagers who are willing to act as slaves in return for the promise of a new life. This is a good story. But, like so many stories, it is not true.

Inside a great, sealed survival chamber, one slave—a teenage girl named Persephone—discovers that the promised future of comfort is a myth. And with that knowledge, she must fight for her survival against the billionaires, who would gladly kill her to protect the hidden truth.

About the Author

Van Jensen has written titles including James Bond, The Flash, Green Lantern Corps and Superman: Man of Tomorrow. His creator-owned works include Two Dead (Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2020), Cryptocracy (Dark Horse) and Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer (IDW/ Top Shelf)

Jesse Lonergan is an acclaimed writer and artist whose comics have been recognized for their innovative use of design. In 2020, he released Hedra and Planet Paradise from Image Comics as well as the ongoing series Prime that he publishes exclusively to Patreon. He has also created comics for NBM, Heavy Metal and Humanoids.

Praise For…

“Excellent pacing, authentic dialogue and terrific art.” —George Gene Gustines, The New York Times

“A sharp, socially canny sci-fi thriller…. Fans of smart dystopian storytelling will want to get on board.” —Publishers Weekly

"Author Jensen balances an exploration of truth and systemic power with propulsive action and suspense, while illustrator Lonergan’s page design and visual storytelling result in an uncanny sense of scale, movement, and pacing." —Library Journal

“A fun page-turner that skillfully explores social inequality.” Kirkus Reviews

“A clever dystopian graphic novel following the rhythms of a bookish lone wolf." —Comics Grinder

Product Details
ISBN: 9781684059980
ISBN-10: 1684059984
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication Date: July 11th, 2023
Pages: 176
Language: English